Degree Requirements

Requirements for the Minor in Neuroscience

  1. Completion of five units to include:
    1. NRSC 201, Introduction to Neuroscience (prerequisite: BIOL 111 OR BIOL 101 with permission of instructor OR permission of instructor). Note: Completion of NRSC 201 with a grade of C or better is required to earn an emphasis in neuroscience minor.
    2. Completion of three units of elective courses, at least two from outside the student’s major. No more than one elective course may be used to fulfill the student’s major and neuroscience minor. Selection of elective courses should be made in consultation with a neuroscience advisor.
      • Biological Foundations of Neuroscience
        • BIOL 212 Cell Biology
        • BIOL 340 Animal Communication
        • BIOL 361 Biochemical Pathways and Processes OR CHEM 461, Metabolic Biochemistry
        • BIOL 404 Molecular Biology
        • BIOL 434 Neurobiology
        • CHEM 461 Metabolic Biochemistry
        • EXSC 221 Human Physiology
        • EXSC 222 Human Anatomy
        • EXSC 328 Neuromuscular Adaptation
        • EXSC 424 Recent Advances in Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Neuroplasticity
        • PHYS 231 Circuits and Electronics
        • PSYC 313 Physiological Psychology
        • NRSC 350 Methods in Neuroscience
      • Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience
        • BIOL 472 Animal Behavior
        • CONN 354 Hormones, Sex, Society, & Self*
        • CONN 357 Exploring Animal Minds
        • CONN 393 Cognitive Foundations of Morality and Religion
        • PHIL 105 Neuroethics and Human Enhancement
        • PHIL 230 Philosophy of Mind
        • PHIL 250 Moral Philosophy
        • PHIL 340 Philosophy of Cognitive Science
        • PSYC 230 Behavioral Neuroscience
        • PSYC 356 Clinical Neuropsychology
        • PSYC 310 Sensation, Perception, and Action
        • PSYC 335 Cognitive Psychology
        • PSYC 351 Language Development
        • PSYC 373 Perceiving Self and Other
        • PSYC 313 Physiological Psychology
        • STS 318 Science and Gender
        • STS 366 History of Medicine
    3. NRSC 450 Senior Seminar: Special Topics in Neuroscience
    * Can also satisfy the Connections core requirement.
    For complete descriptions of the elective courses, please consult the relevant departments in which these courses appear
  2. Completion of either an internship or research experience in the discipline and approved in advance by the steering committee. (Note: students must meet with a neuroscience advisor and submit an application for internship/research prior to the end of the second semester of their junior year.) Course credit earned from an internship or research experience does not count toward the required five units of course work outlined above.


  1. No more than one course can be taken to fulfill requirements of a student’s first major will not count towards the Neuroscience minor requirements.
  2. Courses may be taken to fulfill the Neuroscience minor requirements and Core, other minor, second major, and university graduation requirements.
  3. Internship/research may be taken for credit through the Internship Program or the student’s major department.